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Digital Mobile Radio Demystified @ SPARC

Don VA3XFT will be speaking about Digital Mobile Radio at the monthly meeting of the South Pickering Amateur Radio Club on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 PM.

Location: Pickering Recreation Complex, O'Brien Meeting Room A (rear entrance of complex), 1867 Valley Farm Rd, Pickering.

See flyer for more information.

CANWARN 2013 Storm Spotter Training

Folks, some additional locations have been added to the spring training dates. Specifically, we have added two sessions in Huron County on April 25, confirmed the venue in Dufferin County on May 15 and added sessions in Belleville on May 25 and Renfrew on June 5. Training in Northwestern Ontario will take place during the week of June 3 with specific dates and venues being announced in the next training update.
Thanks to all of you who have replied to the [email protected] account with the session you plan to attend or emailed Bill Hoad at [email protected] with your intent to attend the Sarnia session. If you plan on attending a session but haven't yet RSVP'd, please feel free to do so in the coming days.
The response so far indicates that we will again have a strong turnout this year. Thanks again for being a part of this worthwhile program.

April 16 – 7 PM – Leamington – Kinsmen Recreational Complex – 249 Sherk St
April 17 – 7 PM – Sarnia – Upper Hall Clearwater Arena – 1400 Wellington St.
April 18 – 7 PM – London – Fanshawe College Building T Room T1003 – 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. – Free parking at any metered spots on campus after 6 PM
April 20 – 9 AM – Hamilton – Nash Auditorium Chedoke Hospital – Sanatorium Road – free parking in lot across from the auditorium
April 25 – 1 PM – North Huron (Wingham) – North Huron Wescast Community Complex – Hot Stove Lounge – 99 Kerr Drive
April 25 – 7 PM – South Huron (Exeter) – Exeter Firehall – 55 William Street
April 27 – 9 AM – Orillia/Rama – Rama Fire Hall – 7454 Williams Road in Rama
April 27 – 9 AM – Ottawa – Nepean Sailing Club – 3259 Carling Ave., Nepean
May 1 – 7 PM – Kitchener - Bingemans Conference Centre – 425 Bingemans Centre Drive
May 4 – 9 AM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters – 4905 Dufferin St
May 8 – 7 PM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters – 4905 Dufferin St
May 14 – 7 PM – Peterborough – Public Library – 345 Aylmer St. North
May 15 – 7 PM – Dufferin County – Centre Dufferin Recreational Complex – 200 Fiddlepark Lane - Shelburne
May 25 – 9 AM – Sudbury – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda.
May 25 – 10 AM – Belleville – Belleville Library 3rd Floor Conference Room - 254 Pinnacle St
May 26 - 1 PM - Espanola - Pinewood Inn, 378 Centre St.
May 26 – 7 PM - Elliot Lake - Renaissance Centre (tentative), 20 Veterans Way
May 27 - 7 PM - Sault Ste. Marie - Delta Sault Ste. Marie, 208 St. Mary's Drive
May 29 – 7 PM - Timmins – Holiday Inn, 30 Algonquin Blvd West.
May 31 – 6:30 PM - North Bay - OPP Communications Centre - 877 Gormanville Road
June 5 – 6:30 PM – Renfrew – Best Western – 760 Gibbons Road


Geoff Coulson
Warning Preparedness Meteorologist
Environment Canada

2013 MS Walk – Call for Volunteers

The Scarborough MS Walk will take place on Sunday, May 5. Once again, SARC is providing communication support and we need licensed radio amateurs who can spare a few hours to help. You do not need to be a member of SARC to participate.

This year we are at a new location: Willow Park Junior Public School, 45 Windover Dr, Scarborough. Please plan to arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 AM.

The route has also changed: see MS Walk route map.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ralph at ve3vxy at

Motorola/Yaesu Digital Mobile Radio demo in Pickering

The South Pickering A.R.C.

Our next Club meeting is on Thursday, April 11th, 7:30 pm. at The Pickering Recreation Complex (O'Brien Room A)
1867 Valley Farm Road (South of Kingston Road, east of Liverpool.)

Park at the rear of the arena and use the rear entrance.

Our club repeater is VE3SPA, 147.375+

Don Trynor, VA3XFT - Digital Mobile Radio Demystified

DMR is a new VHF/UHF digital voice & data system being promoted by Yaesu and Motorola.

Local DMR repeaters have already been built around the GTA.

It is similar to, but not compatible with Icom’s D-star system.

All Amateurs are invited.

CANWARN training

From Geoff Coulson at Environment Canada:


Hello, everyone, after a winter that wasn't in many parts of the province, it is time to turn our attention to the renewed possibility of extended stretches of true spring-like weather. Along with milder temperatures and longer days will come the increased chance of severe thunderstorms in Ontario. And so once again, it is time to release the first glance at the upcoming CANWARN storm spotter training sessions. Some work is still required to confirm exact venues in some locations but the dates are provided for planning purposes and the venues will be firmed up in the coming weeks in future releases.
Once again, I thank all of you for being part of this very important program. Your reports in the last year have continued to provide valuable "on-the-ground" information to the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. This also represents CANWARN's 25th year in Ontario. It all began in Windsor back in 1987 and we have seen the program grow significantly in the last number of years. So please join us if you can at a training session near you.
As in past years, I would ask you to RSVP me at [email protected] to let me know which session you plan on attending so we can get a sense of the numbers of attendees at each location. So here they are, the dates/venues as things stand now. Dates and venues in June for Northwestern Ontario will be forthcoming in future releases.

April 11 - 7 PM - Sarnia - Lower Auditorium, Clearwater Arena - 1400 Wellington St.

April 17 - 7 PM - Windsor - Giovanni Caboto Club - 2175 Parent Ave.

April 18 - 7 PM - London - venue to be confirmed shortly

April 21 - 9 AM - Hamilton - Nash Auditorium, Chedoke Hospital, Sanatorium Road. Free parking available across the street from the auditorium

April 28 - 9 AM - Washago/Orillia - venue to be confirmed shortly

April 28 - 9 AM - Ottawa/Nepean - Nepean Sailing Club, 3259 Carling Avenue, Nepean

May 2 - 7 PM - Kitchener - Bingemans Conference Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive

May 5 - 9 AM - Toronto - Environment Canada 4905 Dufferin St

May 8 - 7 PM - Toronto - Environment Canada 4905 Dufferin St

May 10 - 7 PM - Peterborough - Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. North

May 16 - 7 PM - Dufferin County - Dufferin County Museum, corner of Hwy 89 and Airport Road in Mulmur

May 26 - 9 AM - Belleville - Belleville Library Conference Room, 254 Pinnacle Street

May 26 - 9 AM - Sudbury/Azilda - Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda

May 27 - 1 PM - Espanola - Pinewood Inn, 378 Centre St.

May 27 - 7 PM - Elliot Lake - Renaissance Centre, 20 Veterans Way

May 28 - 7 PM - Sault Ste Marie - Delta Sault Ste Marie, 208 St. Mary's Drive

May 29 - Timmins - time and venue to be confirmed

May 30 - Temiskaming Shores - time and venue to be confirmed

May 31 - North Bay - 6:30 PM - North Bay Public Library, 271 Worthington



Geoff Coulson
Warning Preparedness Meteorologist |
Météorologue de sensibilisation aux conditions menaçantes
Ontario Region Client Services |
Service à la clientèle, Région de l'Ontario
Environment Canada | Environnement Canada
Goverment of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
4905 Dufferin St | 4905 rue Dufferin
Toronto, ON M3H 5T4



Tim Hortons group get together

This get together is open to all Hams and all clubs

NEW Location will be at Tim Hortons, Wendy's

4 Lebovic Rd. Scarborough Ontario.

Eglinton Ave  East and Lebovic across from the Canadian Tire on the south side

November 23 (Wednesday) 2011

7pm - 9pm

All are welcome

Thanks Ralph



Field Day 2011 report

Scarborough Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2011 has concluded.This year there were food, internet, wobbly antennas, QRMs, over- performing generators and, above all, lots of fun.

I would like to thank everybody who participated. This was our first time at this location but everybody worked together and made the best use of a somewhat limited area.

I would like to thank Ted VE3TSG and his wonderful family for joining us. Ted made a lot of QSO on 40M, Michelle made us some wonderful BBQ. Their son, Michael   kept Arpad, VA3VAD occupied while their six year old daughter became a friend of my 4 year old son.  Thank you Ami for taking the time besides your studies for making those QSO’s on 15M. Good luck on your exam.

I would personally like to thank Ralph VE3VXY and Nick VE3EBC and Rod,VE3SOY for helping me organize this year's field day.

Kudos for Jen, XYL of Nick, for making those numerous calls and finding us this field day site.

I would also like to thank the following who either camped in or dropped by: ( in no particular order)  Dwaine (VE3GIF),  Edgar (VE3WTR) , Arpad (VA3VAD), Bernardine (VE3YDB), Hugh(VE3HAG), Antonio (VE3FDU), Ray(VE3ZXC), Ian(VA3IGD), Chris(VE3CLT) and Stewart(VA3PID).

Also, we missed everybody who couldn’t make it. Hope to see all of you next year.  

 I will submit our QSO’s to ARRL in coming weeks. I will post the results on the website as soon as I have it.


and 73 de VA3SIF

P.S. I apologize in advance if I left anybody out.